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Bashkir language
Башҡорт теле Bašqort tele
Native to Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan
Native speakers more than 1,400,000  (date missing)
Language family
Altaic
  • Turkic
    • Kypchak
      • Kypchak-Bolgar
        • Bashkir language
Official status
Official language in Bashkortostan

The Bashkir language (Native name: [bɑʃqɵrt tɨiɨ]) is a Turkic language. Speakers of the Bashkir language mostly live in the Russian republic of Bashkortostan. A large number of speakers also live in Tatarstan, Udmurtia, Perm Krai, Chelyabinsk, Orenburg, Sverdlovsk, and Kurgan Oblasts.

Alphabet

Like other languages of Russia, Bashkir uses an alphabet made up of Cyrillic letters. The Bashkir alphabet has 42 letters, made up of the 33 letters of the Russian alphabet and 9 more letters for special Bashkir sounds. These 9 letters and their sounds are:

  • Ә ә /æ/
  • Ө ө /ø/
  • Ү ү [y]
  • Ғ ғ /ʁ/
  • Ҡ ҡ /q/
  • Ң ң /ŋ/
  • Ҙ ҙ /ð/
  • Ҫ ҫ /θ/
  • Һ һ /h/


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